De’Riante Jenkins talks Indiana offer

  • 05/29/2015 1:39 pm in

One of the fastest rising class of 2016 prospects this spring from the adidas Gauntlet circuit is the latest prospect to receive an offer from Indiana.

De’Riante Jenkins, a 6-foot-6 wing who plays for the Upward Stars, is averaging 15.9 points – on 49 percent shooting – and 4.9 rebounds this spring.

Originally a member of the class of 2015, Jenkins reclassified prior to last high school season and his recruitment has taken off based on his strong play during the two live periods in April. In an interview with Inside the Hall on Friday, he told Inside the Hall that Indiana offered him a scholarship on Thursday.

“Coach (Tom) Crean called me. He thinks they could use me like they do Troy (Williams),” Jenkins said. “We’ve been building a relationship. We text every day. We’re getting to know each other.”

Jenkins, a native of South Carolina who attends West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Florida, said Indiana along with Clemson and Texas are the schools coming at him the hardest currently in his recruitment. He’s ranked the No. 66 prospect nationally in the 247Composite.

The potential to fill a similar role in Bloomington to that of Williams, who many believe could leave after this season for the NBA, is an intriguing one for Jenkins.

“He’s very athletic. He’s probably more athletic than me,” Jenkins said with a laugh. “But I see similarities.”

As the relationship builds between Jenkins, Crean and assistant coach Chuck Martin, the athletic wing said Crean has passed along some pointers as he continues to work on his game.

“They’re both real cool. Coach Crean is a great coach,” he said. “He was telling me about Dwyane Wade and Victor Oladipo. He’s even been telling me that I need to work on my jump shot. I’m going to need it to survive in college and also get to the next level. I’m working on building it up.”

Jenkins is on the west coast this weekend at the Pangos All-American Camp in Carson, California, and will also play in next month’s NBPA Top 100 Camp before rejoining the Upward Stars for the July evaluation periods.

The opportunity to participate against the nation’s best is one that Jenkins welcomes.

“It’s always a learning experience. You get to see where you’re at against the best players,” Jenkins said. “It’s like a bar, you measure yourself to get better.”

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  • IU track Alumni

    Lots of Troy in his game! He’s exciting to watch!

  • SCHoosier

    Kid has a lot of hop..didn’t much care for his in the face confrontation with the opponent after dunking on him..but hey..he’s a kid. Had a couple killer cross overs on drives. Wish he was 6-8.

  • Hoosier Pride

    At first I didnt like it either but I love his fire and swagger.. he played on that team with Corey Sanders, the incoming top 100 player for Rutgers, who is by far the most showboating player in this years class. He was just trying to fit in!!!

  • JBishop0425

    Let’s not forget the Sheehey flex after the dunk. Tells me the kid plays with passion.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    He is definitely long and athletic. That coach needs to get control of the show-boating on that team. They were all doing it. I’d take him, though. So what class is he in?

  • Hoosier Pride

    I’d say 16 bc he was originally 15

  • IUBizmark

    Nice work “hot dog.”

    Seriously though, the kid has solid handles and tons of athletic ability. I’d love to see him at IU.

  • Robert Golden

    RMK said the best thing about freshman is that they become sophomores.

  • SilentBob

    Agreed. I love guys who play with a chip on their shoulder and even engage in some gentlemans trash talk, but that was too much. Let him know and get your butt back down the court. There is a difference between sending a message and acting like an animal.

  • IULore

    looks like a tall 6’6″. Maybe he’s growing.

  • TomJameson

    I agree that the face-off was a bit much – ref could have given him a tech because of how long he kept it up – he was clearly intimidating the other guy and making him back up.

    That said, I really like his fire and swagger too (like Hoosier Pride). He even did, or tried to do, the Sheehey flex at one point … lol

    I think he’ll learn to temper the showboating to stay within the bounds of “decorum”, but I certainly hope he never loses that excitement.

  • Hoosier Pride

    some places they do..

  • Robert Golden

    Jenkins is one of those players you could see really making a jump between his freshman and sophomores years in college.

  • BC Hoosier

    I hope so, he’ll be 21 by then.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Nice to see IU has really great recruits on their radar. I hope they get this young man along with Bradley.

  • marcusgresham

    Seems like he’s pretty good at playing through contact.